Pittsfield man arrested for kidnapping, second suspect at large

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – Police are looking for a second suspect in connection to a kidnapping and armed robbery in Pittsfield.

Joseph Loftus, 36, did not appear with his attorney in court on Friday.

His attorney says she didn’t want him to be identified and entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to kidnapping, robbery, and larceny.

Pittsfield Police say Loftus and a second suspect kidnaped and robbed a 52-year-old Friendly’s employee early Wednesday morning.

In court documents, the victim tells police she was going to make a money drop at a nearby bank, when she headed to her car she says a man, later identified as Loftus, came out from a fenced in area at the back of the building and grabbed her, put her up against her car and told her to give him the money bag.

The victim says she told him she didn’t have a money bag. A short time later she says another man ran over demanding the bag. Next she says she was told to get in her car and says Loftus drove them to Springside Park where she says the two men stole her license, cell phone battery, and debit card and put her car keys in the woods and took off.

The victim says she recognized Loftus voice and says he was wearing a black face shield. The victim told Police Loftus was a cook at Friendly’s who recently got fired.

The victim was able to drive back to Friendly’s and call police.

Police say Loftus had a knife during the incident, and later used the victims debit card to withdraw $400.

A second suspect is still at large.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information should contact police at (413) 448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously on a Tips hotline at (413) 448-9708 or by texting PITTIP and a message to TIP411.

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